Two young children, wife and husband found dead in apparent murder-suicide

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MARRERO, La. — Authorities in a New Orleans suburb say a couple and their sons, aged 2 and 4, have been found fatally stabbed in an apparent murder-suicide at a home.

Sheriff Newell Normand has identified them in a news release as 46-year-old David Mata, 40-year-old Kelli Mata, 4-year-old Caden Mata and 2-year-old Liam Mata.

He says Kelli Mata’s 18-year-old daughter by a previous marriage found the bodies when she returned home shortly before midday Sunday from a trip.

Sheriff’s spokesman Col. John Fortunato says investigators believe David Mata killed the others and then himself in the house in Marrero, outside New Orleans.

He says both adults’ bodies were in the living room, and that the boys’ bodies were in separate bedrooms.

The couple had rented the house for less than a year, property owner Jason Bordelon said. David Mata worked as a mechanic at a big car dealership on the east bank; his wife was a homemaker. They always paid their rent on time. “Picture-perfect family,” Bordelon said.

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